The WDVA operates three state Veterans cemeteries that serve as a dignified final resting place for Service members, Veterans and their eligible Family members.
- Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (NWVMC) – Spooner
- Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (CWVMC) – King
- Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (SWVMC) – Union Grove
There are four burial options available at the SWVMC and the NWVMC cemeteries which includes in ground burial of casket and cremated remains, above ground placement of cremated remains in a columbarium wall and placement of cremated remains in a scattering garden. The CWVMC currently only offers inground casket and cremation burials.
Veterans that meet eligibility standards are provided a burial at no cost, Spouses and dependent Children will incur a burial fee.
Wisconsin Veterans Cemeteries Burial Fees
Who is eligible for Burial at a Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for the burial at a Wisconsin Veteran Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries, with the exception of a Wisconsin residency requirement. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:
- Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or
- Died while on active duty, or
- Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or
- Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)
- Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 18 years old or 26 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21).
Veterans must meet one of the following Wisconsin residency requirements to be eligible for burial:
- Wisconsin resident at the time of entry or re-entry into U.S. Armed Forces, or
- Wisconsin resident at the time of death, or
- Wisconsin resident for at least 12 consecutive months after entering or reentering service on active duty.
Note: There is no residency requirement for a Veteran who dies while on active duty.
Veterans are encouraged to complete the WDVA, Pre-Registration for Cemetery Interment – Application (WDVA 2111) to establish eligibility prior to need. Instructions for submission of an application and required documentation s are on the form.
Veterans may also use the MyWisVets Online Benefits Portal. Once registered Veterans can select to pre-register with the cemetery of their choice. The MyWisVets portal will also allow Veterans to upload and submit any required documents electronically and is the fastest method for processing requests.
For questions and more information please contact Veterans Benefits Resource Center at 800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).
Wisconsin Veterans Cemeteries Brochure
Wisconsin Veterans Cemeteries Pre-registration Program
Learn more about the Wisconsin State Veterans Cemeteries
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